Hornchurch captain seeks improvement in the field

PUBLISHED: 17:00 01 June 2015

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Smith happy with success against Upminster but left frustrated with dropped catches

Hornchurch captain Roy Smith called on his team to improve their fielding despite seeing his side register another win in their Essex League Division One campaign against Upminster on Saturday.

The hosts won the toss at Harrow Lodge and decided to put the away team into the field and it proved to be a wise decision.

Upminster were reduced to 47-5 early on with Billy Gordon (2-21) and Chamikara Mudalige (2-33) in good form before Alan Ison rescued their innings with 75 not out.

Hornchurch hit back, however, to bowl the visitors out for 180 with Marc Whitlock shining to take three wickets for 38 runs from his 9.4 overs.

But Smith was unhappy with the fielding of his team after they failed to take the chances Ison had offered during his 91-ball stay.

He said: “The only disappointing bit was our fielding, we dropped Alan Ison three times and we were looking like bowling them out for under 100 before that.

“Alan is a quality player so you can’t give him chances. It didn’t cost us the win but I was disappointed with our fielding.

“Chamikara has played for Sri Lanka A and he is a bowler of the highest quality. Marc is evergreen and has been around for a while. Both were very good.”

In reply, Hornchurch didn’t get off to the best of starts as Paul Murray Junior went early but Jamie Sorrell (33) and Billy Gordon (37) come together for a second wicket stand of 65.

When they both departed it was left to Smith (23) and Ronnie Saunders to see their team to victory with the later registering another fifty.

Saunders 53 not out was his second consecutive half century in the league after he hit 52 against Hadleigh & Thundersley last weekend.

“Jamie Sorrell, the left-hander, was very good against the new ball and Billy Gordon batted well against his former club,” added Smith.

“Me and Ronnie got a good partnership going and basically got us over the line.

“Ronnie was going after the bowling attack a bit and was very attacking. It was a good innings.”

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